CANAL IN SALFORD spring Activities





spring Activities

February to April 2016











Work started in January to make the Bridgewater Canal an even better place to visit. The

towpath at Barton and Boothstown will be widened and re-surfaced, and there will be

a more attractive canal side environment at Patricroft. Trees will be planted, along with

signage and new unique seating fitted soon after.

Duke’s Drive car cark will also be improved for those not arriving on foot and green spaces

beside the canal will be spruced up.

Barton Aqueduct Pocket Park will benefit from improved access, more public space and

a new viewing area looking out over the swing aqueduct and the Ship Canal. The original

historic aqueduct from 1761 will be cleared of overgrown vegetation and its stonework

(which still shows the 18th century stonemasons’ marks) will be repaired and cleaned.

Unfortunately, we can’t have all these improvements without some disruption so please

bear with us! At times there will be no access to parts of the towpath and surrounding

areas. Keep up to date on access to the canal and towpath by visiting

The improvements, which will take a few months, will make a massive difference for

visitors and mean that the Bridgewater Canal can continue to be a place to be enjoyed for

existing and future generations.

Despite all the work taking place, there’s still heaps of things to do and get involved with

beside the Bridgewater Canal in Salford. Delve inside and see for yourself!


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Spring fever


Ready, steady, knit

We’re talking


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Walking Bridgewater

Stick your oar in

Lights up



Revealing Bridgewater

Canal’s hidden


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Health walks and

buggy walks

Exploring the wider

Bridgewater Canal

Visitor information


Spring Fever

Thursday 7 April, 11am-3pm, Duke’s Drive

Ever wondered how or why birds make

their nests? Well join us at Duke’s Drive

to find out in our spring celebration.

Explore the area and learn about different

bird eggs on our egg hunt, help to make a

giant nest and climb inside, create a cute

pom pom chick and collect twigs, moss

and feathers to build a nest of your own to

take home.

This activity is free. All ages welcome.

Meet on the meadow at Duke’s Drive, just

beyond the car park.



Minecrafting is an ambitious Est1761

project which will see Salford trees

transformed into a boat. The boat design

has been inspired by the original mining

boats (often called Starvationers because

of their visible ribs) and will bring the

heritage of the Bridgewater Canal to life,

quite literally, as the boat itself will be

launched on the water later this year.

There’s still time to get involved in the

boat building, which is being led by

Salford’s very own Start Creative. If you

are male, aged over 18 and would like

to take part in this unique woodworking

project then we would love to hear from

you. The first stage of the build is taking

place at Start in Salford, Brunswick

House, 62 Broad Street, Salford M6 5BZ.

There are two regular sessions every


• Mondays 5.30-7.30pm

• Thursdays 1.30-3.30pm

Declare an interest by emailing or give

Kate a call on 07966 316446.

We are grateful to The Trusthouse Charitable

Foundation for providing additional support.



If it’s cold and snowy outside and you would rather be sitting in a cosy armchair in

front of a fire with a mug of tea, we have the perfect activity for you. Over the next

few months we are asking knitters to take up their needles and knit along with us to

brighten up the Bridgewater Canal and take a fresh look at heritage – domestic meets

industrial history.

Artist and expert knitter Rachael Elwell has created unique Est1761 designs inspired by

the patterns and shapes that can be found along the canal – the stone masons’ marks,

architecture and the landscape. Knitters are invited to knit a square or two and each

piece will be used to create a large installation to be displayed along the canal.

The patterns are suitable for every stage of knitter, from the beginner to the more

advanced. Everyone is welcome to come along, meet new people and learn new skills.

We hold regular sessions on Friday mornings (10.30am-12.30pm) at Smith’s Restaurant,

1/3 Church St, Eccles M30 0DL.

If you can’t make our knitting sessions, we have a limited number of knitting packs for

people who would still like to get involved by knitting at home.

To find out more, please contact or phone Kate on

07966 316446.

We now have a new Facebook page for budding knitters. Go to

We are grateful to The Booth Charities for providing additional funding for this project.






James Brindley and the

Duke of Bridgewater –

Canal Visionaries. A talk

by author Victoria Owens

Wednesday 2 March 2016, Worsley

Court House, Barton Road M28 2PB


Disappointed in love, in 1759 Francis

Egerton, 3rd Duke of Bridgewater,

retreated to Lancashire to devote himself

to coal and canals. When his agent,

John Gilbert, introduced him to the

Staffordshire Schemer James Brindley,

the two men formed an unlikely alliance

that would alter the face of the country.

Drawing upon eighteenth-century letters,

pamphlets, committee minutes and

maps, the Bridgewater account books

and the long-lost probate inventory of

Brindley’s estate, author Victoria Owens’

latest book charts the dynamics of a

remarkable business relationship in a

fast-changing world. This is a unique

opportunity to hear Victoria talk about that

relationship and its impact on Worsley,

Salford and beyond.

Digging Worsley New Hall

– a talk by archaeologist

Dr Mike Nevell

Wednesday 6 April 2016, Eccles Town

Hall, Church Street, Eccles M30 0LH


The recent announcement of the new

RHS Bridgewater garden on the site

of Worsley New Hall has reignited

interest in this former home of the Earls

of Ellesmere. Built in the 1840s this

imposing Gothic-style mansion with

striking formal gardens played host to

royalty on several occasions before

being reduced to rubble just over 100

years later. Between 2011 and 2014 the

University of Salford and Peel Holdings

carried out a joint project to research

and promote the heritage of Worsley

New Hall alongside an archaeological

excavation on the site. Come along to

our talk by Dr Mike Nevell, from the

Centre of Applied Archaeology at Salford

University, to find out more about the

unique history of Worsley New Hall

and some of the findings from the

excavation of what remains.

Both events are free but booking is essential –


Walking bridgewater


Exploring the Bridgewater Canal

Jonathan Schofield’s Bridgewater Canal walk

Thursday 25 February, 10.30am-12.30pm

Gain a new perspective on the Bridgewater Canal story with Jonathan Schofield,

a well known local Blue Badge Guide and writer. Jonathan is an established guide,

specialising in Manchester and the wider North West – his regular tours have seen

him welcome government ministers, academics, tourists, students, general visitors

and conference guests – including people from all over the world. Jonathan will bring

his unique perspective to Salford’s Bridgewater Canal with a new tour for 2016.

Jonathan’s tours regularly sell out so don’t miss out on this one!

This event is free but booking is essential –

Royal visit to Worsley © Salford

Local History Library Archive

King, Queens & Canal – a very royal Bridgewater walk

Thursday 17 March 2016, 10.30am-1pm

Join local heritage researcher Mark Charnley as he retraces the steps of royalty who

have visited the area over the last two centuries. Royal visits began in 1851 when Queen

Victoria visited the Bridgewater Canal. She arrived by train along the Liverpool and

Manchester Railway, alighting at Patricroft station where the railway tavern was hastily

renamed the Queens Arms in her honour. Victoria recorded in her journal that the royal

party were transported to Worsley Hall in a very elegant barge which “glided along in a

fairylike manner, amidst the cheers of the people who lined the banks of the canal.” More

recent visits are remembered by many, including generations of former Brownies who

were photographed with the present Queen beside Worsley’s famous Humpback Bridge.

This event is free but booking is essential –



Stick your oar in -

coming soon!

Want to try canoeing?

We are working with the Helly Hansen

Watersports Centre to offer more

opportunities to experience the Bridgewater

Canal close up from a canoe. We’re really

keen to encourage a new generation to

enjoy the canal so the sessions will target

local young people under 18.

Keep an eye out for the first sessions - you

can stay up to date by following us on

Twitter @SalfordCanal or

If you work with a group of local young

people who would be interested in trying

out canoeing on the Bridgewater Canal, you

can register your interest in this project by

emailing us at with

details of your group. We are especially

interested in groups from the following

areas - Barton, Boothstown, Eccles,

Monton, Patricroft, Winton and Worsley.


We want to inspire young people to

explore the Bridgewater Canal in Salford

and several Est1761 projects with local

groups are just getting started.

Artist Sarah Marsh is working with a

group of young women from the Yemeni

Community Association in Eccles.

Together they are creating an eyecatching

installation, inspired by the

Bridgewater Canal, to brighten up a local

empty shop. So look out for an illuminated

spectacle bringing to life an otherwise

unused space.

Bridgewater Volunteers

Enjoy working in the great outdoors, learning new skills and meeting new people? Our

volunteering activities are a great way to do all three!

All abilities are welcome and we provide the tools and materials. You just need to be aged

18 or over and come along wearing suitable footwear and outdoor clothing. Please bring a

packed lunch – tea and coffee are provided.

To find out more about becoming a Bridgewater Volunteer contact Jill Tyson on

07872 808003 or email


Woodland Management

Wednesday 3 February,

10am-3pm, Duke’s


Clear and prepare an area

for planting willow which

can be used in future

weaving activities.

Meet at Duke’s Drive car

park (off Parrin Lane),


Willow Coppicing

Wednesday 17 February,

10am-1pm, Sale Water


Coppice, collect and

prepare willow to plant at

Duke’s Drive the following



for more details.

Willow Planting

Thursday 18 February,

10am-2pm, Duke’s


Plant willow at Duke’s

Drive to create our very

own willow coppice to be

harvested at a later date.

Meet at Duke’s Drive car

park (off Parrin Lane),


Willow Weaving

Wednesday 2 March

and Thursday 3 March,


Duke’s Drive

Join expert willow weaver

and learn techniques to

create a willow tunnel and

screen on site.

Places on this activity are

limited. Please book your

place at www.est1761.

Meet at Duke’s Drive car

park (off Parrin Lane),


Fruit Tree Planting

Sunday 20 March,

10am-3pm, Duke’s


Plant fruit trees and create

a small orchard for future


Meet at Duke’s Drive car

park (off Parrin Lane),


Spring Clean

Wednesday 6

April, 10am-3pm,

Bridgewater Park

Come along and give the

woodland a Spring Clean

and plant some spring

flowers to improve the

woodland’s biodiversity.

Meet at the entrance to

Bridgewater Park opposite

the Moorings.

Build a Hibernaculum

Sunday 24 April,


Bridgewater Park

Hunt around the woods and

collect materials to build a

shelter for toads, frogs and

newts near the wetland

area. Meet at the entrance

to Bridgewater Park

opposite the Moorings.

Bench Building

Wednesday 4 May,


Duke’s Drive

Get involved in this fun

team building experience

and make a bench from

scratch…no joinery

experience needed!

Meet at Duke’s Drive

car park (off Parrin Lane),



Revealing Bridgewater

Canal’s hidden stories

Are you interested in uncovering and

interpreting the past? We are looking

for volunteers to contribute to the

transformation of the Bridgewater Canal

through rediscovering its stories and sharing

them with residents and visitors. There are

many ways you can take part – researching

photographs and documents, exploring

heritage features along the canal, taking

part in visits to archive collections, devising

interpretative walks and lots more. The

volunteer programme is designed to be as

flexible as possible – if you have an interest

in a specific topic related to the history of the

Bridgewater Canal in Salford we should be

able to help you find out more and support

you to share the stories you discover with a

wider audience.

Our heritage volunteers meet up every

couple of weeks to share their progress

and work together on joint projects. Come

along and become part of the Bridgewater

Canal’s unique history. In the upcoming

months we’ll be visiting MOSI, finding out

more about the Peel Archives and planning

a new heritage walk. Our upcoming

meetings are:

Wednesday 3 February – 10am-12.30pm

Tuesday 16 February – 10am-12.30pm

Wednesday 9 March – 10am-12.30pm

Tuesday 22 March – 10am-12.30pm

Wednesday 6 April – 10am-12.30pm

Tuesday 19 April – 10am-12.30pm


For more information about Bridgewater Heritage Volunteers please contact Katherine

Rice on and 07766 550352.

Soundwaves and waterways

Would you like to help us gather oral

histories, conversations and sounds from

the past and present? We can provide

training so that you can help us to seek

out and record memories and stories

about the Bridgewater Canal. Sound artist

Karen Lauke will weave together the

spoken word with sounds of the canal to

create soundscapes, bringing the stories

to life and immersing listeners in them.

Did a family member work in one of the

many mills or factories? Do you have any

unique tales from the towpath? Have

you been ‘bridged’ at Barton or spotted a

kingfisher at Boothstown? Everyone who

has lived or worked near the canal has a

story to tell and we would love to hear it!

What are the sounds you associate with

stories of the canal? Some are long gone;

the thunder of hammers in the foundry,

horses plodding along the towpath, the

shouts of bargees, while others, like the

lapping of water under the hulls of boats

and voices of people passing by are still

here mingling with the sounds of modern


If you’d like to explore the many

possibilities of working with sound and

speech or if you know someone with

a story to tell about life along the canal

please contact us on

07766 550352 or email


Free walk

leader training

Jonathan Schofield is a renowned Blue Badge Guide

with more than 20 years experience leading guided tours

around the many fascinating sites of Greater Manchester.

He has also provided successful training courses right

up to Blue Badge level. Whether you are interested

in progressing as a walk leader or just looking to run

interesting activities for a local group or organisation, this

introductory course will help you develop your expertise.

Using the Bridgewater Canal Project as a focus you will

be able to transfer the skills you learn to other areas of

interest. This may be of particular value to members of

local history groups, friends groups or other Salford based

organisations but we welcome interest from anyone.

Places are limited, please contact us to register an

interest in the course at

or 07766 550352.



Do you want to get

active after having a

baby? Join us for a

brisk walk and make

new friends. For

more information,

call Julie Kenyon

from the Health

Improvement Team

on 07826 879122.

Every Thursday,

1-3pm, Monton

Meet at Monton

Veteran’s Shelter

M30 8AP

Health Walks

Put your best foot forward with a friendly

local walking group. Call Jo Bennett on

0161 778 0559 for more information.

Every Monday



Meet at Boothstown

Community Centre,

Standfield Drive,


M28 1NB

Every Tuesday



Meet at Monton

Unitarian Church,

Monton Green

M30 8AP

Every Friday


Worsley Woods

Meet at Worsley

Court House,

Worsley M28 2PB

Every Sunday



Meet at Monton

Unitarian Church,

Monton Green

M30 8AP


Exploring the wider

Bridgewater Canal

The Bridgewater Canal developed from its roots in Salford to become a 65km (39

mile) waterway stretching from Runcorn to Leigh in the North West of England. It

was originally constructed to transport the Duke of Bridgewater’s coal from his mine

at Worsley efficiently and cheaply to the rapidly expanding towns and cities nearby. At

its peak, over three million tonnes of traffic used the Bridgewater Canal. Nowadays it

is a leisure waterway popular with many cruising boaters, but also with walkers and

cyclists who explore the many miles of towpath. You can find out more about the

canal at


Boaters are welcome along the Bridgewater Canal route, although all craft must

have a Bridgewater Canal Licence. You can find out everything you need to know

about licensing and mooring locations on the Bridgewater Canal Company’s

website at You can also find out about hiring

a boat (for a day or a short term break) and local boat operators.


Various species of fish can be found along the Bridgewater Canal including rudd,

roach, carp, perch, bream, tench and pike. If you would like to fish on the canal, there

are a number of fishing clubs which have a licence to fish on various stretches of the

Bridgewater. You can find out more about licences and the Fishing Code of Practice


The Bridgewater Canal is owned and operated by The Bridgewater Canal Company

Limited, part of The Peel Group, in conjunction with the Bridgewater Canal Trust. You

can contact the Bridgewater Canal Company directly by email at or by telephone on 0161 629 8200 (between 2 and 4pm

Monday to Friday).

Visitor information

Duke’s Drive Country Park is a new visitor hub for the Bridgewater Canal in Salford.

There are over 50 new parking spaces conveniently located off Parrin Lane. The area

is served by regular bus services (the nearest stop is Monton Green) including service

numbers 33, 61, 62 and 68.


Folly Brook


Golf Club

Bridgewater Canal towpath






Duke’s Drive


Stableford Ave


Broad Oak Park


Bridgewater Canal

Parrin Ln

Canal Side

Canal Bank

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